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M is for My Writing Process

M is for My Writing Process!

I was tagged by the lovely and quickly becoming a total country farm girl (I am still jealous of your calves!) Tonja Drecker for a fun blogging game in which I get to talk about my writing process. (I think I was actually supposed to wait until next week to do this, but what can I say? The M presented itself nicely!)

What am I working on? I have several projects in various stages at the moment. My most complete is a MG Paranormal Fantasy, and the one I’m most actively working on right now is a YA Fantasy.

How does my work differ from others of its category/genre? I try really hard not to write to be “different”, because I’d rather just tell a good story, even if similar stories have come before. With that said, however, I think my characters tend to be a bit different from the norm. Popular or not, there are some characteristics I see all the time in YA especially, that I can’t stand. I refuse to write what I don’t like to read, so that probably sets my characters apart.

Why do I write what I do? Because it’s what I love. I am a huge fan of fairy-tales, and all of my fantasy writing has some kind of fairy-tale at its root. I also love ghost stories (as you’ve probably guessed by now!) so my paranormal writing involves those kinds of entities. And I love horror, which I haven’t written yet, but which I am really hoping to someday (I want to write YA horror, but I just haven’t found that great idea).

How does your writing process work? It totally depends on the story. Sometimes I get inspiration and I just start writing and it just sort of flows. Other times, I get a hint of an idea, and I have to let it sit in my brain for a while and go through some hedge mazes and whatnot before I can really figure out what the idea is all about. I tend to start writing at the beginning and write through to the end, but on occasion I will skip parts to write that scene that won’t stop begging me to be written (although I find that scene is usually a good motivator for moving through the rest of the story!)

My turn to pass the torch! The three writers I tag to tell us about their writing process next week are:

This may be difficult for those participating in A to Z, but that’s okay. I’m nominating you anyways!

Susan & Tyler-Rose from The Feather and the Rose – Yes, I’m tagging them both, since they share a blog! These ladies talk about some fascinating subjects like Celtic folk music, and saving extinct words.

S.K. Anthony – She’s an official make-stuff-up-er, and that includes 26 days of her own S.K. isms…need I say more?

Sharon Himsl – For A to Z she’s telling us all about different fruits, and I’m actually learning quite a bit! Would love to hear about her writing process. 



  • S.K. Anthony

    Awesome!!!! Thanks for nominating me! 🙂

    A good story trumps being completely different and over the top anytime!
    And hey, a good scene makes me motivated to get the rest of story down too. Obviously its more helpful if that scene is toward the end. It really makes me excited while trying to tie in the details to fit into that scene or scenes for when I *finally* get to it 😉

  • Lexa Cain

    It's important to know what you love and what you do well. I'm glad you found a genre you enjoy so much. Many old fairy tales are actually kinda creepy, even violent. Modern tales are more watered down. Good luck with your WIPs!

  • Deshipley

    Three cheers for writing what we want to read! I am all in favor of that policy! Bonus benefit: Sometimes writing that way feels a whole lot like reading … just, at least in my case, quite a bit slower. X)

  • T. Drecker

    I'm SO late. I know. Sorry. My calves make it difficult to catch up on things 😉 If you want, you can come help take care of them!
    Loved your writing process. And a paranormal MG sounds great! If you're ever looking for betas. . . Sorry, I love those types of stories 🙂

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